Willowbank Road - Planning Proposal

Additional documented investigation and response has recently been received in the form of a Revised Planning Proposal.
The Revised Planning Proposal seeks to change the land use zoning and minimum lot size of the subject site from RU2 Rural Landscape (100ha minimum lot size) to Part IN2 Light Industrial and Part IN1 General Industrial (no minimum lot size) to facilitate industrial development outcomes.

Why did we consult?

We sought community feedback on the Planning Proposal (Land Rezoning: Willowbank Road, East Albury) to amend Albury Local Environmental Plan 2010 (ALEP 2010).

The Planning Proposal originally sought to change the land use zoning and minimum lot size of the subject site from RU2 Rural Landscape (100ha minimum lot size) to IN1 General Industrial (no minimum lot size) to facilitate industrial development outcomes.

What did we find out?

We received 45 submissions in relation to the Planning Proposal. Among the submissions received, 38 were from the general public and seven (7) were received from Government Agencies.

For information purposes, a summary table of critical issues raised during the public exhibition period can be downloaded below:

Note:
An abbreviated summary (approximately 10 pages) has been provided as a record of critical issues raised as a result of the public exhibition process. A more detailed summary (approximately 26 pages) can be made available on request.

Previous information session

As part of the public exhibition process for the Planning Proposal, AlburyCity held a Community Information Session on Tuesday 1 March 2016, to allow local residents, landowners and other interested person(s) to participate and identify any issues/concerns to inform Council’s ongoing considerations.

A copy of the notes summarising issues raised from this information session and can be viewed below:

What did we do with the feedback?

In light of issues raised at the Community Information Session held on Tuesday 1 March 2016, and via submissions received during the public exhibition period, AlburyCity elected not to progress the Planning Proposal and instead sought further investigation and response from the proponent prior to any further consideration of this Planning Proposal.

This additional documented investigation and response has recently been received in the form of a Revised Planning Proposal.

For information purposes, key areas of revision to the Planning Proposal are outlined as follows:

  • Reconfiguration of the proposed zoning layout to enhance interface/buffer to surrounding land uses, mitigate potential amenity impacts and reduce potential conflicts including,
    • The eastern boundary of the proposed rezoning has been contracted westward (to retain the existing ‘RU2 Rural Landscape Zone’); and
    • On remaining land (above the existing licenced levee), a Part ‘IN2 Light Industrial Zone’ has been introduced (east of the Schubach Street intersection) and a Part ‘IN1 General Industrial Zone’ has been retained (west of the Schubach Street intersection);
  • Audit of infrastructure requirements to confirm works, costs and sequencing for the provision of necessary infrastructure (including reticulated water, sewer, stormwater and road network);
  • Revised Traffic Impact Assessment Report (revised TIA) that reviews previous investigations, assumptions and recommendations relating to future land use activities and operating hours, confirms necessary road network improvements and sequencing, and determines capacity of the local and wider road network;
  • Audit of aboriginal cultural heritage and impacts on existing vegetation on-site;
  • Audit and documented response to existing AlburyCity planning policies including Murray River Experience, Draft Riverina-Murray Regional Plan (formerly known as Draft Murray Regional Strategy) and the Albury Land Use Strategy 2007; and
  • Clarification provided in relation to suppositions and assertions previously made on land ownership and zoning history on the subject land.

What happens now?

In recognition of previous public interest and the proximity to the Christmas/New Year holiday period, it is proposed that the public exhibition of this Revised Planning Proposal be held over for commencement in February 2017.

Further advice and notification will be provided prior to public exhibition commencing, including details of the duration of the formal consultation period, how to access relevant information, as well as an information session and meeting opportunities to enable discussion and the identification of any issues/concerns and procedures relating to submission lodgement.

The Revised Planning Proposal is now on public exhibition and is available to be viewed at the Customer Service Centre, 553 Kiewa Street, LibraryMuseum and the Lavington Library or can be viewed here.

For further information contact the Planning Team on (02) 6023 8285.